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PAKISTAN-RELIGION/
RTS17GKM 
June 17, 2017 
Shiite Muslims reach out to touch the gold-ornamentation of sword and shield, placed on a symbolic sacred... 
Karachi, Pakistan 
Shiite Muslims reach out to touch the gold-ornamentation of sword and shield, placed on a symbolic sacred... 
Shiite Muslims reach out to touch the gold-ornamentation of sword and shield, placed on a symbolic sacred horse, for good luck, during the Youm Ali procession in Karachi, Pakistan June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MY 
September 15, 2015 
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house... 
Havana, Cuba 
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house... 
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house in downtown Havana, August 28, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
PAKISTAN-DAILYLIFE/
RTX1LRPZ 
July 25, 2015 
A man holds a bucket of lentils while feeding pigeons in front of a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, July... 
Karachi, Pakistan 
Man holds a bucket of lentils while feeding pigeons in front of a mosque in Karachi 
A man holds a bucket of lentils while feeding pigeons in front of a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, July 25, 2015. Many Pakistanis believe feeding pigeons brings good luck. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro 
BRAZIL/
RTR3K0GE 
April 04, 2014 
A crucifix on a rosary is pictured inside a taxi in Rio de Janeiro April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes... 
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 
A crucifix on a rosary is pictured inside a taxi in Rio de Janeiro 
A crucifix on a rosary is pictured inside a taxi in Rio de Janeiro April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TRANSPORT) 
CENTRALAFRICA-CRISIS/
RTX15VBT 
November 27, 2013 
A fighter from a self-defence militia known as anti-balaka wears charms for protection in Mbakate village,... 
Mbakate, Central African Republic 
A fighter from a self-defence militia known as anti-balaka wears charms for protection in Mbakate village... 
A fighter from a self-defence militia known as anti-balaka wears charms for protection in Mbakate village, Central African Republic November 25, 2013. The anti-balaka group in Mbakate say they are protecting their village from Seleka fighters. With Central African Republic slipping deeper into chaos, former colonial power France plans to boost its force there to around 1,000 troops to restore law and order until a much bigger African Union force fully deploys. The land-locked country has been gripped by violence since the mainly Muslim rebels, many of them fighters from neighbouring Sudan and Chad, seized power in the majority Christian country in March. Some 460,000 people - around a tenth of the population - have fled the sectarian violence their takeover ignited. REUTERS/Joe Penney (CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS) 
KOREA-EDUCATION/FORTUNES
RTX135KI 
September 03, 2013 
A mother bows before religious idols that Shaman Choi Kuing-hun believes in as he looks on at his house... 
SEONGNAM, South Korea 
A mother bows before religious idols that Shaman Choi Kuing-hun believes in as he looks on at his house... 
A mother bows before religious idols that Shaman Choi Kuing-hun believes in as he looks on at his house in Seongnam, south of Seoul, August 16, 2013. Anxious parents have long sought hints from fortune-tellers about how well their children will do in school. The shamans, men and women who perform traditional religious rites, say parents asking about their children's academic and career prospects - at 50,000 to 100,000 won ($45 to $90) an hour - usually take the advice they get very seriously. Picture taken on August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY) 
BULGARIA/
RTR3F4O6 
March 17, 2013 
Children spin rings of fire during rituals in celebration of Sirni Zagovezni, the first Sunday before... 
Lozen, Bulgaria 
Children spin rings of fire during rituals in celebration of Sirni Zagovezni, the first Sunday before... 
Children spin rings of fire during rituals in celebration of Sirni Zagovezni, the first Sunday before Great Lent, in the village of Lozen, near Sofia, March 17, 2013. People in the region believe they can chase away evil spirits with fire rituals on Sirni Zagovezni. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
INDIA/
RTR3EPZ9 
March 08, 2013 
A widow writes on a slate as she attends a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town... 
Vrindavan, India 
A widow writes on a slate as she attends a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram 
A widow writes on a slate as she attends a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. Hundreds of widows who have been abandoned by their families live in the shelter, or ashram, run by the NGO Sulabh International. In India, when a man dies, traditionally his widow is expected to renounce all earthly pleasures, such as wearing colourful clothes or looking attractive, and she can face severe social discrimination. Sulabh International works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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CHINA/
RTR3EOKZ 
March 07, 2013 
A woman poses with turtles in small plastic bags after buying them from a vendor at a shopping district... 
Beijing, China 
A woman poses with turtles in small plastic bags after buying them from a vendor at a shopping district... 
A woman poses with turtles in small plastic bags after buying them from a vendor at a shopping district in Beijing March 7, 2013. Each bag, filled with oxygen and nutritional liquid, can keep the animal it holds alive for two months and is sold for 10 RMB ($1.6), the vendor said. The Chinese believe such charms can bring good luck. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
CHINA/
RTR3EOKX 
March 07, 2013 
Small plastic bags holding fish, turtles and salamanders are displayed for sale at a shopping district... 
Beijing, China 
Small plastic bags holding fish, turtles and salamanders are displayed for sale at a shopping district... 
Small plastic bags holding fish, turtles and salamanders are displayed for sale at a shopping district in Beijing March 7, 2013. Each bag, filled with oxygen and nutritional liquid, can keep the animal it holds alive for two months and is sold for 10 RMB ($1.6), the vendor said. The Chinese believe such charms can bring good luck. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
PERU/
RTR3BYBF 
December 28, 2012 
Baby dolls are seen next to to other lucky charms in a stand before New Year's eve at a market in Lima... 
Lima, Peru 
Baby dolls are seen next to to other lucky charms in a stand before New Year's eve at a market in Lima... 
Baby dolls are seen next to to other lucky charms in a stand before New Year's eve at a market in Lima December 28, 2012. Peruvians annually flock to the traditional Market of Wishes searching for lucky charms and spiritual services from Andean witch doctors in order to be blessed before New Year's eve. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: SOCIETY) 
PERU/
RTR3BYBE 
December 28, 2012 
Shaman Rosa Mendoza gives a shower of flower petals to a woman during a special ritual before New Year's... 
Lima, Peru 
Shaman Mendoza gives a shower of flower petals to a woman during a special ritual before New Year's eve... 
Shaman Rosa Mendoza gives a shower of flower petals to a woman during a special ritual before New Year's eve at a market in Lima December 28, 2012. Peruvians annually flock to the traditional Market of Wishes searching for lucky charms and spiritual services from Andean witch doctors in order to be blessed before New Year's eve. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: SOCIETY) 
Society
Society 
"Doomsday" Around the World - 22 Dec 2012 
18 PICTURES 
USA/
RTR3BU1W 
December 22, 2012 
Reverend Billy performs to celebrate the "End of the World" in Times Square, New York December 21, 2012.... 
New York, UNITED STATES 
Reverend Billy performs to celebrate the "End of the World" in Times Square, New York 
Reverend Billy performs to celebrate the "End of the World" in Times Square, New York December 21, 2012. A 5,125-year cycle known in the Mayan calendar as the Long Count comes to an end on Friday and has been widely interpreted by cultists, New Age disciples, and believers in the esoteric as heralding the destruction of the planet. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
MAYA-CALENDAR/
RTR3BTWP 
December 21, 2012 
Mayte Dominuez, shaman of the town of Cuisnahuat, holds up the sacred fire during a ceremony at the Maya... 
Santa Ana, El Salvador 
Mayte Dominuez, shaman of the town of Cuisnahuat, holds up the sacred fire during a ceremony in Santa... 
Mayte Dominuez, shaman of the town of Cuisnahuat, holds up the sacred fire during a ceremony at the Maya archeological site of Tazumal in Santa Ana, about 75 km (47 miles) away from San Salvador December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez (EL SALVADOR - Tags: SOCIETY) 
Society
Society 
Spaceship House in Brazil - 21 Dec 2012 
7 PICTURES 
THAILAND/
RTR37BBU 
August 31, 2012 
A Thai person releases a bird from a cage for good luck in Thailand's Phitsanuloke province, about 377... 
PHITSANULOKE, Thailand 
Thai person releases a bird from cage for good luck in Thailand's Phitsanuloke province 
A Thai person releases a bird from a cage for good luck in Thailand's Phitsanuloke province, about 377 km (234 miles) north of Bangkok August 31, 2012. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY) 
GREECE/
RTR372HJ 
August 23, 2012 
A crescent moon is seen over the city lights of Rafina port, some 30 kms (19 miles) northeast of Athens... 
Rafina, Greece 
A crescent moon is seen over Rafina port near Athens 
A crescent moon is seen over the city lights of Rafina port, some 30 kms (19 miles) northeast of Athens August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
London 2012
London 2012 
Yohan Blake's Superstitious Long Nails - 10 Aug 2012 
10 PICTURES 
BULGARIA-ODD/VAMPIRES
RTR33KUQ 
June 14, 2012 
Members of the media surround a skeleton pierced with a piece of iron, on display during a media event... 
Sofia, Bulgaria 
Members of the media surround a skeleton pierced with a piece of iron, on display at the National History... 
Members of the media surround a skeleton pierced with a piece of iron, on display during a media event at the National History Museum in Sofia June 14, 2012. The museum plans to display a "vampire" skeleton on Saturday after unearthing the 700-year-old remains of two men stabbed through the chest with iron rods. Archaeologists, excavating a monastery near the Black Sea city of Sozopol, discovered the skeletons, which were buried in a pagan ritual that they said was aimed at keeping the men from turning into vampires. Picture has been rotated 180 degrees. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY MEDIA TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
MALAYSIA-DRAGONFISH/
RTR2Z4TY 
March 10, 2012 
An arowana swims in its display tank at Arowana Venture Berhad in Kuala Lumpur March 5, 2012. Prized... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
To match story MALAYSIA-DRAGONFISH/ 
An arowana swims in its display tank at Arowana Venture Berhad in Kuala Lumpur March 5, 2012. Prized across Asia for warding off evil, the mustachioed arowana, also known as dragon fish, is turning into a hot pick for those keen to profit from surging Chinese demand for good luck charms at a time when the global economic outlook looks cloudy. Arowana Venture Berhad is selling 10-year bonds to investors to raise money for buying fish stocks and running fish farms. Picture taken March 5. To match story MALAYSIA-DRAGONFISH/ REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS SOCIETY) 
ROMANIA
RTR2O0PH 
June 24, 2011 
Gypsy fortune tellers and maidens perform a ritual during "Sanziene" night on a lake shore on the outskirts... 
Bucharest, Romania 
Gypsy fortune tellers and maidens perform a ritual during "Sanziene" night on a lake shore on the outskirts... 
Gypsy fortune tellers and maidens perform a ritual during "Sanziene" night on a lake shore on the outskirts of Bucharest June 23, 2011. According to ancient Romanian beliefs, a gate to the ghosts' world opens and the future can be foreseen during Sanziene night, when wishes of unmarried girls to get married can be fulfilled if good witchcraft is performed. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti (ROMANIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) 
ROMANIA
RTR2O0NG 
June 23, 2011 
Gypsy fortune teller Bratara ("Bracelet") burns a broom during a ritual "Sanziene" night ceremony on... 
Bucharest, Romania 
Gypsy fortune teller Bratara burns a broom during a ritual "Sanziene" night ceremony on a lake shore... 
Gypsy fortune teller Bratara ("Bracelet") burns a broom during a ritual "Sanziene" night ceremony on a lake shore in the outskirts Bucharest June 23, 2011. According to ancient Romanian beliefs, a gate to the ghost world opens and the future can be foreseen during the "Sanziene" night when wishes of single girls to get married can be fulfilled if good witchcraft is performed. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti (ROMANIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) 
ROMANIA
RTR2O0N9 
June 23, 2011 
A Gypsy fortune teller performs a ritual during a "Sanziene" night ceremony on a lake shore in the outskirts... 
Bucharest, Romania 
A Gypsy fortune teller performs a ritual during a "Sanziene" night ceremony on a lake shore in the outskirts... 
A Gypsy fortune teller performs a ritual during a "Sanziene" night ceremony on a lake shore in the outskirts Bucharest June 23, 2011. According to ancient Romanian beliefs, a gate to the ghost world opens and the future can be foreseen during the "Sanziene" night when wishes of single girls to get married can be fulfilled if good witchcraft is performed. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti (ROMANIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) 
ITALY-ROME/EARTHQUAKE
RTR2M991 
May 11, 2011 
A combination photo of shops with signs reading "close for family reasons" (L, top and bottom) or "close... 
Rome, Italy 
A combination photo of shops with signs in the Chinatown district in Rome 
A combination photo of shops with signs reading "close for family reasons" (L, top and bottom) or "close for inventory" (R, bottom) and "close for a wedding" in the Chinatown district in Rome May 11, 2011. A prediction that a huge earthquake would destroy Rome on Wednesday prompted fear in some and giggles of ridicule in others as officials reassured the populace that the eternal city would not be rubble by midnight. One neighbourhood that came down with a bad case of earthquake fever was Chinatown, where many shopkeepers kept stores shuttered and put up signs reading "close for inventory" or "close for serious family reasons" or "close for a wedding".
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS) 
SPAIN/
RTXXCZE 
February 01, 2011 
A "Joaldunak" (Carrier of bells) waits as another "Joaldunak" prepares the bells for his back before... 
Ituren, Spain 
A "Joaldunak" waits as another "Joaldunak" prepares the bells for his back before taking part in carnival... 
A "Joaldunak" (Carrier of bells) waits as another "Joaldunak" prepares the bells for his back before taking part in carnival celebrations in Ituren, in the northern Spanish region of Navarra February 1, 2011. According to mythical Basque stories, the noise made by the big bells carried by the "Joaldunak" ward off evil spirits and give prosperity for a year to the people living in nearby towns. Every year, villagers from Ituren parade to the neighbouring town of Zubieta to join this traditional carnival, which is considered a festival to welcome the spring after a tough winter in the deep valleys of the northern Navarra region. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY) 
PAKISTAN/
RTXW7HJ 
January 04, 2011 
Gulnaz, a one-year-old handicapped girl, lies buried in sand up to her neck next to her grandfather during... 
Karachi, Pakistan 
One-year-old handicapped girl lies buried in sand up to her neck next to her grandfather during a partial... 
Gulnaz, a one-year-old handicapped girl, lies buried in sand up to her neck next to her grandfather during a partial solar eclipse at Karachi's Clifton beach January 4, 2011. People, mostly children, with disabilities were buried chest-deep during the partial solar eclipse on Tuesday, as part of a traditional superstition that it would bring healing to their bodies. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
PAKISTAN/
RTXW7FV 
January 04, 2011 
Lubna, a nine-year-old handicapped girl, lies buried in sand up to her chest during a partial solar eclipse... 
Karachi, Pakistan 
Lubna, a nine-year-old handicapped girl, lies buried in sand up to her neck during a partial solar eclipse... 
Lubna, a nine-year-old handicapped girl, lies buried in sand up to her chest during a partial solar eclipse at Karachi's Clifton beach January 4, 2011. Children with disabilities were buried chest-deep during the partial solar eclipse on Tuesday, as part of a traditional superstition that it would bring healing to their bodies. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY HEALTH) 
PERU/
RTXVC8P 
December 03, 2010 
Tourists touch the Intihuatana solar clock in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco as part of a... 
Cuzco, Peru 
Tourists touch the Intihuatana solar clock in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco as part of a... 
Tourists touch the Intihuatana solar clock in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco as part of a belief that they will receive good energies from it December 2, 2010. Peru will celebrate on July 2011, the first centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu with a huge exhibition after an agreement with Yale University to return thousands of artifacts taken from the archaeological site in the early 1900s, the Ministry of Culture said on Thursday. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL) 
QUAKE-HAITI/
RTR29JFZ 
January 27, 2010 
Haitians pray during a prayer vigil in the street in Port-au-Prince January 27, 2010. The earthquake... 
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti 
Haitians pray during a prayer vigil in the street in Port-au-Prince 
Haitians pray during a prayer vigil in the street in Port-au-Prince January 27, 2010. The earthquake that shattered Haiti has unleashed fears that child-eating spirits, mythological figures entrenched in Haitian culture, are prowling homeless camps in search of young prey. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte (HAITI - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS) 
BHUTAN/
RTR29EB0 
January 24, 2010 
A Bhutanese child sits on the doorstep of his house at Kabesa village in Thimphu January 24, 2010. The... 
KABESA, Bhutan 
A Bhutanese child sits on the doorstep of his house at Kabesa village in Thimphu 
A Bhutanese child sits on the doorstep of his house at Kabesa village in Thimphu January 24, 2010. The drawing on the wall shows penis, a depiction commonly used in Bhutan to ward off evil spirits. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk (BHUTAN - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL)

TEMPLATE OUT 
PERU/
RTR28FTZ 
December 30, 2009 
A woman receives a blessing with incense from a Peruvian shaman at a market in Lima December 30, 2009.... 
Lima, Peru 
A woman receives a blessing with incense from a Peruvian shaman at a market in Lima 
A woman receives a blessing with incense from a Peruvian shaman at a market in Lima December 30, 2009. People annually flock to the traditional Market of Wishes searching for lucky charms and spiritual services from Andean witch doctors in order to be blessed before New Year's eve. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares(PERU - Tags: SOCIETY) 
THAILAND-TEMPLES/
RTR1YR6L 
March 26, 2008 
A stray cat rests in a temple in Ayutthaya province, 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok, March 26, 2008.... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
A stray cat rests in a temple in Ayutthaya province 
A stray cat rests in a temple in Ayutthaya province, 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok, March 26, 2008. Buddhist temples in central Thailand have been flooded with abandoned cats and dogs after an outbreak of feline and canine distemper killed hundreds of pets in the past month, newspapers reported on Wednesday. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND) 
IRAN-FORTUNES/
RTX42AG 
November 26, 2007 
A fortune-teller looks at dregs in a coffee cup for her customer in Tehran November 7, 2007. Some analysts... 
Tehran, Iran 
To match feature IRAN-FORTUNES/ 
A fortune-teller looks at dregs in a coffee cup for her customer in Tehran November 7, 2007. Some analysts say Iranians are turning to fortune-telling because of worries over their country's growing isolation in the world and surging prices at home. Picture taken November 7, 2007. To match feature IRAN-FORTUNES/ REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN) 
IRAN-FORTUNES/
RTX42A8 
November 26, 2007 
A fortune-teller sets the cards for her customer in Tehran November 7, 2007. Some analysts say Iranians... 
Tehran, Iran 
To match feature IRAN-FORTUNES/ 
A fortune-teller sets the cards for her customer in Tehran November 7, 2007. Some analysts say Iranians are turning to fortune-telling because of worries over their country's growing isolation in the world and surging prices at home. Picture taken November 7, 2007. To match feature IRAN-FORTUNES/ REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN) 
IRAN-FORTUNES/
RTX42A4 
November 26, 2007 
A fortune-teller explains the cards to a customer during a soothsaying session in Tehran November 7,... 
Tehran, Iran 
To match feature IRAN-FORTUNES/ 
A fortune-teller explains the cards to a customer during a soothsaying session in Tehran November 7, 2007. Some analysts say Iranians are turning to fortune-telling because of worries over their country's growing isolation in the world and surging prices at home. Picture taken November 7, 2007. To match feature IRAN-FORTUNES/ REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN) 
USA/
RTR1OFFK 
April 08, 2007 
A boy rubs dirt between his hands as he leaves El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, New Mexico, April... 
CHIMAYO, UNITED STATES 
A boy rubs dirt between his hands as he leaves El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo 
A boy rubs dirt between his hands as he leaves El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, New Mexico, April 7, 2007. Thousands of visitors perform a pilgrimage to the small chapel annually every Easter weekend. Many people believe that the dirt inside the chapel has healing powers. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES) 
PHILIPPINES/
RTR1O4RD 
March 31, 2007 
A woman holds a prayer while bathing at a small waterfall in Mount Banahaw, which many Filipinos believe... 
Manila, Philippines 
A woman holds a prayer while bathing at a small waterfall in Mount Banahaw, south of Manila 
A woman holds a prayer while bathing at a small waterfall in Mount Banahaw, which many Filipinos believe to be a sacred mountain, in Sta Lucia town of Dolores, Quezon province, south of Manila March 31, 2007. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Mount Banahaw every lenten season to bathe in its waterfalls and brooks in the belief that the waters have divine healing powers. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES) 
CHRIST-LIKE OYSTER
RTR1NPYV 
March 21, 2007 
Matteo Brandi, bar manager displays an oyster shell he is convinced bears an image of Christ in the tiny... 
ROCHE, Switzerland 
Matteo Bandi of Italy, bar manager in the Swiss village of Roche, displays an oyster shell resembling... 
Matteo Brandi, bar manager displays an oyster shell he is convinced bears an image of Christ in the tiny village of Roche in the Swiss canton of Vaud, January 18, 2005. Brandi said he came across the shell while he was opening a batch of oysters just over two years ago, on December 24, 2002. The 38 year-old Italian decided to put the shell up for sale after a woman in Florida auctioned off a grilled cheese sandwich allegedly bearing an image of the Virgin Mary to an online casino last November for $28,000 USD. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND) 
CHINA
RTR1NOD9 
March 20, 2007 
A child gets a haircut on a street in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province March 20, 2007. It... 
Nanjing, China 
A child gets a haircut on a street in Nanjing 
A child gets a haircut on a street in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province March 20, 2007. It is believed to bring luck when one gets a haircut during the second day of the second Chinese lunar month which falls on March 20 this year. REUTERS/Jeff Xu (CHINA) 
LIFE VIRGINMARY
RTR19VQ7 
December 01, 2005 
A red substance, that believers say is blood, drips from the eyes of a statue of the Virgin Mary on the... 
Sacramento, UNITED STATES 
A red substance that believers say is blood drips from the eyes of a statue of the Virgin Mary in Sacramento... 
A red substance, that believers say is blood, drips from the eyes of a statue of the Virgin Mary on the outskirts of Sacramento, California December 1, 2005. Dark streaks attributed to bloody tears on a Virgin Mary statue follow a long tradition of Catholic apparitions which, whether real or imagined, often provide solace to believers, experts said on Thursday. REUTERS/Kimberly White Pictures of the Month December 2005 
JORDAN
RTR90E6 
April 23, 2005 
Jordanian displays sliced eggplant that shows a natural carving of the word "Allah" or God in Arabic... 
Amman, Jordan 
Jordanian displays sliced eggplant that shows a natural carving of the word "Allah" or God in Arabic... 
Jordanian displays sliced eggplant that shows a natural carving of the word "Allah" or God in Arabic in Amman. A Jordanian displays a sliced eggplant that shows a natural carving of the word "Allah" or God in Arabic in Amman April 23, 2005. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji 
VIRGIN MARY UNDERPASS
RTR8H7H 
April 18, 2005 
Bette Shober (L) and Joanne Vrablik (R) take a closer look at what people believe to be an image of the... 
Chicago, UNITED STATES 
Women take closer look at what people believe to be an image of the Virgin Mary under a freeway underpass.... 
Bette Shober (L) and Joanne Vrablik (R) take a closer look at what people believe to be an image of the Virgin Mary under a freeway underpass in Chicago, April 18, 2005. Police said the image might have been caused by stains from road salt that dripped from the Kennedy expressway onto the wall, but hundreds of believers have been coming to the underpass to view the image and pray at the spot. REUTERS/John Gress ODLY JG/JRB 
VIRGIN MARY UNDERPASS
RTR8GYU 
April 18, 2005 
Kevin Morrison gets his photo taken by Ronald Kremer as he stands next to an image of the virgin mary... 
Chicago, UNITED STATES 
Kevin Morrison gets his photo taken by Ronald Kremer as he stands next to an image of the Virgin Mary... 
Kevin Morrison gets his photo taken by Ronald Kremer as he stands next to an image of the virgin mary under a freeway underpass in Chicago. Kevin Morrison (R) gets his photo taken by Ronald Kremer as he stands next to what some people believe to be an image of the Virgin Mary under a freeway underpass in Chicago, April 18, 2005. Police said the image might have been caused by stains from road salt that dripped from the Kennedy expressway onto the wall, but hundreds of believers have been coming to the underpass to view the image and pray at the spot. REUTERS/John Gress 
ODD VIRGIN
RTR5MCB 
October 24, 2003 
Tree stump said to have the form of the Virgin Mary in Passaic, New Jersey,
October 24, 2003. Believers... 
Passaic, USA 
PASSAIC TREE STUMP SAID TO RESEMBLE VIRGIN MARY. 
Tree stump said to have the form of the Virgin Mary in Passaic, New Jersey,
October 24, 2003. Believers are flocking to a rundown street in Passaic to
see this tree stump they say is a divine sign of hope for the impoverished
neighborhood, October 24, 2003. The piece of wood, whose shape believers say
resembles a veiled Virgin Mary with a bowed head, was noticed by passers-by
over the weekend on state-owned land alongside a street that residents say
is a hangout for illegal drug users. REUTERS/Chip East R

CME/SV 
ODD IMAGE
RTRPFN5 
June 17, 2003 
A girl holds up a statue of the Virgin Mary to compare it to an image in a
Milton Hospital window that... 
Milton, United States of America 
GIRL COMPARES STATUE TO IMAGE OF VIRGIN MARY IN WINDOW. 
A girl holds up a statue of the Virgin Mary to compare it to an image in a
Milton Hospital window that many believe resembles the Virgin Mary, in
Milton, Massachusetts June 17, 2003. The hospital estimates, that in the
past few days, more than 25,000 people have visited the hospital to view the
window. REUTERS/Brian Snyder PP03060054

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VENEZUELA VIRGEN BLOOD
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March 20, 2003 
A staue of the Virgin is depicted weeping tears of blood inside a small
chapel in Caracas, March 20,... 
Caracas, Venezuela 
A STATUE OF VIRGIN MARY DEPICTED WEEPING TEARS OF BLOOD IN VENEZUELA. 
A staue of the Virgin is depicted weeping tears of blood inside a small
chapel in Caracas, March 20, 2003. Hundreds of Venezuelan Catholics are
flocking to this chapel, where the statue has been depicted weeping
tears of blood as a peaceful message against the U.S.-led war with
Iraq. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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RELIGION AUSTRALIA VIRGIN
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February 06, 2003 
COMBINATION PHOTO OF A WOMAN REACHING FOR A FENCE POST THAT SOME
CATHOLICS BELIEVE FORMS A LIKENESS... 
Sydney, Australia 
COMBINATION PHOTO OF A WOMAN REACHING FOR A FENCE POST THAT SOME
CATHOLICS BELIEVE FORMS A ... 
COMBINATION PHOTO OF A WOMAN REACHING FOR A FENCE POST THAT SOME
CATHOLICS BELIEVE FORMS A LIKENESS OF THE VIRGIN MARY IN SYDNEY. 
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